4-weeks living alongside the charming Muhaka community and within the stunning Tsavo region, contributing to vital school and conservation projects.
About the Program
Camp Tsavo is nestled amongst the Marungu Hills, adjacent to Rukinga Wildlife Sanctuary. This camp is the epitome of tranquillity and truly embraces the glorious environment it is blessed to be within. Camp Tsavo offers so many great opportunities to be completely immersed in community life, which will leave you with a deep love of Kenya.
Day 1: Karibu Kenya!
You will arrive into either Mombasa or Nairobi (please speak to a member of our team at time of booking) where you will be met by a member of our local team and transferred to our wonderful Camp Tsavo (approx. 3-5 hours). Upon arrival you will receive a warm welcome from our legendary camp staff. The camp manager will run a camp safety briefing and show you around your new African bush home! Our project leader will brief you on your daily activities and your day will finish with a welcome dinner and some chill out time around the camp fire.
Day 2: Project orientation & school visit
After a much needed sleep, we will take you to visit the locations where you will be working on projects. You will also visit a local school and learn Swahili phrases with school children. This is a lovely opportunity to spend time with the children and get to know the schools who you will be working with and supporting during your trip.
Day 3-6: Community projects
Let the project work commence! You will spend the next 4 days helping to improve school infrastructure and facilities. This can include anything from building classrooms to toilets or desk making. You will work in collaboration with local tradesmen and members of the community on all project initiatives. You will also interact with school children and support teachers in improving English within schools.
Day 7: R&R Day - Voi Town
Today is a chance to relax after some hard work on projects. We will take you to a lovely nearby lodge and restaurant within the local town of Voi. Here you will enjoy a delicious Swahili lunch before an afternoon relaxing by the pool. On the way back to camp we will stop at a Maasai village. This a wonderful opportunity to experience and feel the true heart of African Culture.
Day 8-12: Community projects
Back to projects! You will continue your work at the local schools.
Day 13: Cultural exchange
Today you have a unique glimpse into the day to day lives of rural African communities whilst you work alongside local families. You will learn about and assist with crop production and animal husbandry. One example of this is goat de-worming which is amazing fun believe it or not! You will also have the privilege of meeting a truly inspiring women’s group who are supporting themselves through a number of micro finance initiatives.
Day 14: R&R Day - Voi Town
Another day off and a chance to relax.
Day 15-19: Community project work
Back to projects and you will continue your work at local schools.
Day 20: Marungu Hills day
Get ready for a full day of adventure! In the morning we will head off on a trek to the beautiful Marungu hills. In the afternoon we will enjoy a picnic lunch in ancient caves whilst taking in the impressive panoramic views of Rukinga ranch. You will also have the chance to do your best Bear Grylls impression and practice bush survival skills which will involve making fire, shelter and bush man bow and arrow shooting.
Day 21: R&R Day - Voi Town
Another chance to relax before we get back to projects!
Day 22-27: Wildlife conservation and environmental project work
The next 6 days will be spent learning about some of the key conservation issues that are prevalent in this area. You will contribute to a number of initiatives designed to counteract the human/wildlife conflict issues. This could involve making humane elephant deterrents to safely keep elephants away from community crops, or the making of elephant dung paper which is a popular initiative designed to provide neighbouring communities with a source of income. You will also participate in education & environmental awareness workshops for local school children.
Day 28: Tsavo East Safari
There are very few experiences that rival a journey through the wilderness, watching animals in their natural habitat. Today you will spend the day in Tsavo East, one of the oldest and biggest national parks in Kenya.
Day 29: Environmental project work
Today is your final project day and you will work with a local community, assisting with the planting of indigenous trees. This is a vital project designed to combat deforestation and the impact of carbon emissions. In the evening you have a chance to hang out and play sports with the local children who you have met during your stay at Camp Tsavo. Goodbyes are never an easy part of this experience unfortunately!
Day 30: Departure Day
Your Camp Tsavo experience ends today! We will say our goodbyes before we transfer you back to the airport (Mombasa or Nairobi) a few hours before your scheduled flight.
Usual working days are Monday - Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM and will include the following activities.
There a number of excursions or adventure options that can easily be added onto your volunteer experience.
All of your in-country transfers are scheduled by us, including your airport pick up. We employ our own drivers and they will be there to greet you at the airport, holding a Camps International board so you can't miss them!
Our permanent and fully staffed camps are co-located with the communities with whom we work. Accommodation ranges from traditional thatched buildings to tents. Clean toilets and private washing facilities (not all camps have hot water, but it is refreshing!) All of our camps are designed to feel like your second home and there's nothing like chilling out at the end of the day around the camp fire, under the stars.
Our locally employed kitchen teams will provide you with three delicious meals a day. There's unlimited fresh drinking water and a real mix of local cuisine with some western classics to fill you up after a day of project work.
Our kitchens always act as the heart of any camp and our staff work extremely hard to consistently create a great standard of food for most dietary requirements.